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Prof. V Subramaniam

June 25, 2004

Prof. V Subramaniam, Research Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, passed away peacefully in his wife’s arms in Chennai at the Sri Ramachandra Hospital on May 28, 2004. Having made a dramatic recovery from an earlier stroke, he succumbed to another one triggered by an allergic reaction a few days prior to returning to Ottawa.

Subra, as he was known in academic circles, was a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University where he had taught since 1974. In a career spanning six decades, he had taught in all five continents, received many honours and held numerous prestigious appointments. Known as "Professor" in the community, he was a renaissance man who straddled many diverse intellectual fields in depth.

Prof. Subramaniam was internationally recognized in the world of performing arts as an eminent and pioneering composer of 23 classical dance dramas on Buddhist themes in Sanskrit over the last 25 years. These encompass about 700 songs, which he has himself composed and set to music. Prof. Subramaniam is the first composer of dance-dramas in Carnatic music on Buddhist themes. It was a revelation for people since Buddhist themes were usually not done in Bharatanatyam. His wife, Jaya, and son, Gautam, hope to bear his torch.

A humble and compassionate gentleman, a brilliant and distinguished scholar, he will be immeasurably missed.